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let the developers decide?

Archaeologists on the warpath

Published fredag 25 februari 2011 kl 12.58
"Now the county chooses, and the developer has to pay for it"
(2:31 min)

In Sweden if a developer wants to build a shopping center or a road, the archaeologists get to come in first. You never know when you might find a Viking burial ground or a Bronze Age settlement.

But now many archaeologists here are upset over a government proposal to change the system to choose who carries out the excavation. In the name of encouraging competition, the Ministry of Culture wants to let the property developers pick the team doing the dig.

The concern, as we hear from Lars Z. Larsson, who’s responsible for such excavations, the Contract Archaeology Service, at the Swedish National Heritage Board, is that this will result in cheap sloppy digs that let the developers start work too soon.

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